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I have thought about this topic for a while. I am posting it, because I am curious about the administrative methods being used to run MCHS. When I was a student at MCHS, Bill Baxter was our principal. He had a set of rules and you knew not to break those rules. He DID let us have FUN! High school kids are suppose to have fun, be silly and carry the school spirit. It didn't matter if our teams were winning or losing, we were there supporting them with our teenaged craziness! We screamed, stomped, jumped and yelled no matter what the score! I'm sorry, but there is NO school spirit at MCHS anymore. It has been stomped out by the administration. It breaks my heart. In our day, it was a known fact that the schools were going to be rolled with streamers and have signs posted the night before any game with our hometown competitors. We knew that we would have our ANNUAL blacklight pep rally for the SP game. You couldn't find standing room or hear yourself think in the middle of that rally, and, yes, ALL the lights were out and every student was painted up! Thursday night bonfires were a weekly tradition, and, through it all, we SURVIVED! If there was a kid (or group) breaking one of Coach Bill's rules, then THOSE students were punished. We were NEVER punished as a student body. I look back at my high school years as some of the best, most fun years of my life. It hurts me that these kids hate their school. How can we fix this??? As a concerned mom, I want the MCHS school spirit and morale back!
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Oct 31, 2010
 

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You need to address your concerns with your school board representative or the director of schools. They are the ones who can fix the problem. I agree with you 100%.
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Nov 1, 2010
 
MCAlumni14 wrote:
I have thought about this topic for a while. I am posting it, because I am curious about the administrative methods being used to run MCHS. When I was a student at MCHS, Bill Baxter was our principal. He had a set of rules and you knew not to break those rules. He DID let us have FUN! High school kids are suppose to have fun, be silly and carry the school spirit. It didn't matter if our teams were winning or losing, we were there supporting them with our teenaged craziness! We screamed, stomped, jumped and yelled no matter what the score! I'm sorry, but there is NO school spirit at MCHS anymore. It has been stomped out by the administration. It breaks my heart. In our day, it was a known fact that the schools were going to be rolled with streamers and have signs posted the night before any game with our hometown competitors. We knew that we would have our ANNUAL blacklight pep rally for the SP game. You couldn't find standing room or hear yourself think in the middle of that rally, and, yes, ALL the lights were out and every student was painted up! Thursday night bonfires were a weekly tradition, and, through it all, we SURVIVED! If there was a kid (or group) breaking one of Coach Bill's rules, then THOSE students were punished. We were NEVER punished as a student body. I look back at my high school years as some of the best, most fun years of my life. It hurts me that these kids hate their school. How can we fix this??? As a concerned mom, I want the MCHS school spirit and morale back!
Amen to that..
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Nov 1, 2010
 
I agree 100% and it is very sad that the students arent able to show their spirit for fear of being punished. The spirit section at the games have died down to practically nothing.... the town in general shows zero support winning or losing. itsnt it about teamwork and "the best times of their lives" there would be a whole lot less troubled teens if there were something that they could believe in. I have never attended the "new beginnings" church but I would like to thank them for their efforts in building up spirit. unfortunately its going to take more than a dingle group to fix this... its going to take parents that wanna step up and push the school itself because the school board is ZERO help!!
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Nov 1, 2010
 
I also agree - I have thought about praying for the situation but am not sure I am still allowed to do that. I'll just wait until they go to prison; I think it is still legal to pray for them then.

The whole situation is about as comfortable as flatulence in a diver's helmet and is going to go over like a pregnant pole vaulter with asthma.

The school board - Name one important thing they have done recently that has been for our kid's advantage.
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Nov 1, 2010
 
I can tell you that when we played MCHS in 95 (?) for state playoffs (I went to Roane County High School)... MCHS beat the windows out of the band bus and we had to have adult chaperones to be able to go to the restroom. I wouldn't go on too much about the "good ole days" and how great things were back then... MC showed itself to be a bunch of violent rednecks who can't even form a proper sentence to curse someone else out. I think that this site shows what is wrong in that area. It's the parents, administrators, and kids... Look at the threads about football and the state trooper and you'll see the influence that is causing a huge part of the problem... The "school spirit" back then was nothing short of violence perpetrated by students against other students, and it was CONDONED.
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Nov 1, 2010
 
wow wrote:
I can tell you that when we played MCHS in 95 (?) for state playoffs (I went to Roane County High School)... MCHS beat the windows out of the band bus and we had to have adult chaperones to be able to go to the restroom. I wouldn't go on too much about the "good ole days" and how great things were back then... MC showed itself to be a bunch of violent rednecks who can't even form a proper sentence to curse someone else out. I think that this site shows what is wrong in that area. It's the parents, administrators, and kids... Look at the threads about football and the state trooper and you'll see the influence that is causing a huge part of the problem... The "school spirit" back then was nothing short of violence perpetrated by students against other students, and it was CONDONED.
I never said the system has always been perfect, but it has been better. I hate that your school had such an experience from ANY other school. MC also went through that at Austin East in a playoff game once. We had students coming into the stand yelling and cursing and threatening our cheerleaders and pep squad. So, I don't think that would be something you could say is a Marion County issue. It's a universal issue. That's why I suggested punishing the guilty. As for you comment on the thread here, I agree that most of them stem from ignorance and petty issues; however, Topix was created to address true community issues and inform citizens of news in their area. Believe me, the Jasper site is not the only one suffering from a lack of beneficial threads. So, thank you for your comment, but it doesn't really offer any helpful advice to address the MARION COUNTY issue I'm talking about. I was hoping for MC parent involvement to benefit the children who do not want to act like delinquents (and there are those in EVERY county).
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Nov 1, 2010
 
Yes, MCAlumni14!Take the problem to the school board or the Superintendent. Then, they can tell you that it's "being addressed" as nothing changes. Nothing against the woman, but Sherry Prince is not principal material. The school board and the superintendent have known that for a while now, but they can't fix it. I hope it all gets worked out. I'd like to see the school get a little spirit back. I'd like to see the football stands and bleachers overflowing again with students and parents.
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Nov 1, 2010
 
I agree, I hear the baseball team was not allowed to announce about their haunted house because it was not a school function. That is the biggest bunch of garbage I have ever heard. The baseball team was the last bunch with a little spirit.
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Nov 1, 2010
 
It has gotten a little ridiculous. It's almost like the students can't just be kids and enjoy themselves a little bit. I know there's a lot of pressure on teachers with all the new standards, but come on. These are high school students not graduate students. They need an outlet. This is something that Coach Bill, Coach Grimes and Coach Raffo seemed to understand. They knew how to channel all that teen energy into something positive that benefited the student body and made them feel like a family. Now, it just boils over. I think that's why most of the kids act out. There will ALWAYS be a group of troublemakers. You have to learn to deal with those students one-on-one. That's not being done. Instead, the entire group is punished and it's killing the spirit of MCHS. What about the boy who put on a costume for an opposing team's mascot and ran through the school to fire up the football team? He was threatened with 365 days. What did that hurt? It was a harmless gesture of school spirit, and it was stomped right out. Anything that the kids do to lift morale is threatened with punishment? It's crazy!
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Nov 1, 2010
 
We looked at old yearbooks and saw the teachers dressed up and painted up...WTH? When was all that fun going on? I'm a senior and I haven't seen a blacklight pep rally ever, but it looked like a party. I think we had 2 peprallies this whole football season and we just stand in the stands.
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Nov 2, 2010
 
Marion Co. High School was not the best "high" school years of my life and yet I will never get to have any more. I am a graduate of the class of 2008. I believe my best year was my sophomore year in 2006/2007. It was coach raffo's last year. It was also the last year that we got to decorate the halls, our lockers, and got to dress crazy every friday. My graduating class didn't even get to burn the "M" because someone put fireworks in it but instead of punishing those people they took the M away from us all. These years are the years we don't get back. Also when ms. prince became principal, she made the "freshman acadamy" aka isloate the freshman. My freshman year in high school I had alot of friends that was older because I played sports and knew the older kids. These freshman don't get to interact with anyone older because they have their own bell, hall, classes, and lunch. High school is starting to feel like prison instead of fun.
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Nov 2, 2010
 
Ohh && lets not forget proms. Dresses have to approved now by the ms. prince and at my junior prom she made the dj turn off Redneck woman because we was all singing the "hell yeah" part. They wonder why noone attends prom anymore....
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Nov 2, 2010
 
Alyssa S wrote:
Marion Co. High School was not the best "high" school years of my life and yet I will never get to have any more. I am a graduate of the class of 2008. I believe my best year was my sophomore year in 2006/2007. It was coach raffo's last year. It was also the last year that we got to decorate the halls, our lockers, and got to dress crazy every friday. My graduating class didn't even get to burn the "M" because someone put fireworks in it but instead of punishing those people they took the M away from us all. These years are the years we don't get back. Also when ms. prince became principal, she made the "freshman acadamy" aka isloate the freshman. My freshman year in high school I had alot of friends that was older because I played sports and knew the older kids. These freshman don't get to interact with anyone older because they have their own bell, hall, classes, and lunch. High school is starting to feel like prison instead of fun.
Thanks, Alyssa S! This is the reason for my original post. I wanted to hear from parents and students and get their opinions on the subject. I hate that your senior year was not a good one. I loved my high school and cried the entire week of graduation. I realize it shouldn't be all fun and games, but there's room for both. We've proven that in the past. Any suggestions on how to change things?
I'd love to hear from more students or former students and from more parents. Thanks again!

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Nov 2, 2010
 
MCAlumni14 wrote:
I have thought about this topic for a while. I am posting it, because I am curious about the administrative methods being used to run MCHS. When I was a student at MCHS, Bill Baxter was our principal. He had a set of rules and you knew not to break those rules. He DID let us have FUN! High school kids are suppose to have fun, be silly and carry the school spirit. It didn't matter if our teams were winning or losing, we were there supporting them with our teenaged craziness! We screamed, stomped, jumped and yelled no matter what the score! I'm sorry, but there is NO school spirit at MCHS anymore. It has been stomped out by the administration. It breaks my heart. In our day, it was a known fact that the schools were going to be rolled with streamers and have signs posted the night before any game with our hometown competitors. We knew that we would have our ANNUAL blacklight pep rally for the SP game. You couldn't find standing room or hear yourself think in the middle of that rally, and, yes, ALL the lights were out and every student was painted up! Thursday night bonfires were a weekly tradition, and, through it all, we SURVIVED! If there was a kid (or group) breaking one of Coach Bill's rules, then THOSE students were punished. We were NEVER punished as a student body. I look back at my high school years as some of the best, most fun years of my life. It hurts me that these kids hate their school. How can we fix this??? As a concerned mom, I want the MCHS school spirit and morale back!
How much did those rose colored glasses set you back? I recall the baxter /grimes years as well..if you weren't in certain social circles life sucked. I went to my 20 year reunion recently and talked to a formere class mate..scared the crap out of me because his opening line was how close MCHS came to being the first columbine..he had the guns loadwed in his car with ammo and a hit list...several"heroes' made the list. Seems he had taken a beating in the hall with nothing being said or done about it...to this day he is waiting to exract a bit of revenge for things...considering what this guy did after leaving redneck tech..I'd be concerned if I was them..even told them about it..got the usual Marion co. reply..I'll whooop his G#*#$&!M ass! just like in high school! times change this guy ain't gonna play nice and the local powers that be ain't gonna coveryour rump this time big boy!" Folks will probably give him another medal and point out a few others that need to 'vanish'!! Just glad this guy's grandfather got in his ccar and stopped him from gunning down a crapload of 'innocent(Really?) people back in the mid 80's..
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Nov 3, 2010
 
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How much did those rose colored glasses set you back? I recall the baxter /grimes years as well..if you weren't in certain social circles life sucked. I went to my 20 year reunion recently and talked to a formere class mate..scared the crap out of me because his opening line was how close MCHS came to being the first columbine..he had the guns loadwed in his car with ammo and a hit list...several"heroes' made the list. Seems he had taken a beating in the hall with nothing being said or done about it...to this day he is waiting to exract a bit of revenge for things...considering what this guy did after leaving redneck tech..I'd be concerned if I was them..even told them about it..got the usual Marion co. reply..I'll whooop his G#*#$&!M ass! just like in high school! times change this guy ain't gonna play nice and the local powers that be ain't gonna coveryour rump this time big boy!" Folks will probably give him another medal and point out a few others that need to 'vanish'!! Just glad this guy's grandfather got in his ccar and stopped him from gunning down a crapload of 'innocent(Really?) people back in the mid 80's..
What an appropriate, helpful comment. I should have looked at the user name BEFORE I read the post. A lot of people didn't have it easy in high school, but we grew up and got over it. My high school years weren't the best. There were some mean, smarta*^ people, but you're gonna find them everywhere. There's always gonna be the cliques - the jocks, the cheerleaders, the nerds, the band kids, the troublemakers, whatever. You can still learn to get along as a community and try to work together for what's best for the school. Even on my worst day, I didn't think about wiping anybody out. Most of the drama is just part of being a teenager. I hope these kids get things improved and get things changed for the better.
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Nov 3, 2010
 
Look at how the adults act on here, and allow their kids to act, and you'll see MC isn't getting better anytime soon. It's sad.
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Nov 3, 2010
 
wow wrote:
I can tell you that when we played MCHS in 95 (?) for state playoffs (I went to Roane County High School)... MCHS beat the windows out of the band bus and we had to have adult chaperones to be able to go to the restroom. I wouldn't go on too much about the "good ole days" and how great things were back then... MC showed itself to be a bunch of violent rednecks who can't even form a proper sentence to curse someone else out. I think that this site shows what is wrong in that area. It's the parents, administrators, and kids... Look at the threads about football and the state trooper and you'll see the influence that is causing a huge part of the problem... The "school spirit" back then was nothing short of violence perpetrated by students against other students, and it was CONDONED.
I say Bull Shit on this and it never happened. Never once heard this tale and it's probably sour grapes and made up.
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Nov 3, 2010
 
sure. i would go to the trouble of making that up... for? because we lost? I was in the BAND, I sure didn't care to be out there in the cold any more than I had to already. Ask anyone there at that time, even ppl FROM MC remember that.

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Nov 4, 2010
 
MCAlumni14 wrote:
I have thought about this topic for a while. I am posting it, because I am curious about the administrative methods being used to run MCHS. When I was a student at MCHS, Bill Baxter was our principal. He had a set of rules and you knew not to break those rules. He DID let us have FUN! High school kids are suppose to have fun, be silly and carry the school spirit. It didn't matter if our teams were winning or losing, we were there supporting them with our teenaged craziness! We screamed, stomped, jumped and yelled no matter what the score! I'm sorry, but there is NO school spirit at MCHS anymore. It has been stomped out by the administration. It breaks my heart. In our day, it was a known fact that the schools were going to be rolled with streamers and have signs posted the night before any game with our hometown competitors. We knew that we would have our ANNUAL blacklight pep rally for the SP game. You couldn't find standing room or hear yourself think in the middle of that rally, and, yes, ALL the lights were out and every student was painted up! Thursday night bonfires were a weekly tradition, and, through it all, we SURVIVED! If there was a kid (or group) breaking one of Coach Bill's rules, then THOSE students were punished. We were NEVER punished as a student body. I look back at my high school years as some of the best, most fun years of my life. It hurts me that these kids hate their school. How can we fix this??? As a concerned mom, I want the MCHS school spirit and morale back!
I agree with this post 200% my daughters both graduated from MCHS just a couple of years ago and I was shocked at how the student morale was pretty much nonexistent. I also went to school under Coach Bill and the current principal needs to take a few lessons from him. He did have genuine concern for his students and always treated everyone fairly, the same cannot be said for the current principal. A few bad apples should not ruin it for everyone else, and yet that is exactly what is happening. My other child will be going to high school soon and I hope things change before she gets there.

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